SparkPeople Bustin' that Bulge on a Budget! Team Messageboard For all those who want to lose weight/get in shape/fight chronic disease withOUT spending a lot of money. Also: Negotiating living in big, expensive cities and STILL staying healthy, fit and vital! SparkPeople Bustin' that Bulge on a Budget! Team Messageboard Recipes using ingredients on hand I found a site that you put in what ingredients you have on hand and what type of recipe you want. It forwards you to various sites to get the correct recipe with pictures. You can save money this way. It is called Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:38:08 EST Walking 4 times a week for 20 minutes each time I try to walk 4 times a week or more for at least 20 minutes. I do other exercise as well. Anyone out there to join me. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 01:51:42 EST Cooking for one or two on a budget Does anyone have any cooking recipes for one or two people Fri, 15 Jul 2016 01:42:44 EST 2016 New members introduce yourself here Hi, my name is Linda and I am a new member and would like to see if anyone is on this team. I am on a budget and have chronic kidney disease stage 2. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 01:38:22 EST Chit Chat 2016 Hi,my name is Linda and I have chronic kidney disease and also on a budget and try to eat healthy at most times. Are there any people in this group? Fri, 15 Jul 2016 01:31:01 EST new I'm new. <BR> <BR> My name is Brenna. I have 3 kidz with autism and i'm married. I'm trying to get healthy but am trying to do so on a budget. <BR> <BR> harder than it sounds Thu, 31 Mar 2016 19:19:28 EST how to make new meals out of leftovers <link><BR>w-to-roll-over-holiday-leftovers-into-<BR>new-meals/ </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:23:08 EST worth a try <link><BR>id=13429&memberid=874628 </link> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:36:04 EST seasonal produce by cooking produce that are in season you automatically save money than paying extra to eat out of season is a link that is useful <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uce-guide/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Cooki<BR>eAndKate+%28Cookie+and+Kate%29 </link> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:03:50 EST January 2015 Chit Chat HI there, how is everyone doing? The team is starting to go downhill and I don't want to see that happen. A lot of people on this team have had some really good ideas that I am sure have helped others. Let's see if we can come up with more good ideas, okay? <BR> <BR> any ideas? <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> <BR> Danlin Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:26:50 EST how to stretch a chicken <link><BR>ng-the-most-from-whole-chicken/ </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:52:12 EST x delete Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:56:53 EST Let's Talk So how is everyone? I haven't been here for awhile but I'm back. I have a high school reunion in May so I want to lose the weight I gained over the summer. <BR> I'm 50 now so it's probably going to get harder to lose and keep off but I'm never going to give up. <BR> I'm going to exercise daily and I have a pedometer that counts calories burnt as well so I'm shooting to burn at least 2200 a day. When I'm working I tend to burn more so I want to make that a average. <BR> What are you worki... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:15:21 EST August Chit Chat I know August is almost over but I thought I'd start it to see if anyone was out there. Ways I save money on groceries is to watch the sales and buy reduced food. We order our beef from a local farmer so that helps because the meat is all the same price. It's really good too. What do you do to save money or cut down on your grocery bill? Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:25:43 EST Eastern Montana? Is anybody besides me in Eastern Montana? The price of HEALTHY food here is atrocious! <em>24</em> <BR> Jodi Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:34:07 EST im back hi my name is cyndi and i am ready to do this again and this time im ready to get it done Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:49:55 EST JULY CHIT CHAT Hi everyone, hope you are all doing well and enjoying the holiday. I have opened the month of July chit chat forum for everyone so feel free to comment here about whatever is happening that you want to share with your fellow team members. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> We are open to any good suggestions on how to succeed with our budget which is a daily struggle for most of us. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing from you!!!! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Danlin Sun, 6 Jul 2014 01:46:33 EST June Chit Chat Hi This is where we can chit chat about anything we want to talk about, okay? Hope everyone is doing well and having success with their grocery budget. I make a grocery list of my meals for the week and I add up everything I buy so I know at the cash register exactly what I am spending so we are not going over our budget. do others do that? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> Danlin Tue, 27 May 2014 07:45:36 EST Just New Hi and hope everyone is having a nice day. <BR> Looking forward to learn a lot here and will be joining the various discussions. Nice to be part of this community. Wed, 7 May 2014 11:54:23 EST Hello! Hi guys! I'm glad I found this group :) I've been figuring this whole budget thing out over the past few months. I slashed my budget almost in half last month, and that included buying fresh veggies every week! I think the key is menu planning and figuring out how much you can spend. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for spark friends too, so feel free to add me :) Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:31:03 EST State of Healthy Exchanges - A Sales Pitch ... Well, one thing I can say, for sure--is there is a live human being at the end of the customer service wire. There HAS to be - the State Exchange website, as experienced 20 days ago - as much of the US ObamaCare online experience - was so unnavigable that I practically put any old thing down there: and in the mail - lo and behold, I'd gotten - as garbage-in, garbage-out would have it - among other things, an application for Medicaid (I am employed full time ...and while it barely covers not... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 07:29:22 EST Calories in vs Calories out In order to lose weight we have to consume less calories then we take in so I thought this could be our challenge. Go to my reports and click on daily calorie differential once you're finished entering your food intake for the day. This way you can keep track of whether or not you're consuming too many calories. If your goal is to lose a pound a week you need to consume or burn 500 calories less then you take in. Edit your post daily and record your weight loss at the end of the month. W... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 07:50:24 EST Hi I'm new Hi my name's Andrea and I just got married in July. We both have quite a bit of debt so we usually have to pay a bill or two late for us to eat. I do cut coupons, use store discounts, and try and wait for sales when possible. But we are still struggling to eat right on such a tight budget. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:23:06 EST Christmas is Coming Hi everyone. Do you realize that Christmas is only a few months away? Where did the summer go? Any ideas how to make this Christmas very Merry and stress free? <BR> I bought a food hamper from Santa's choice and made small bi-weekly to help with the grocery bill. Now that it's September I'm going to start picking up a few gifts every pay. I love Christmas but I don't like the stress that comes with it. Let's try to come up with some ideas to help take the stress out of this Christmas.... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 17:45:28 EST Here come Diva Mama Ready to rock the world! Hi! I just had a baby 8 weeks ago and I was overweight before and after the pregnancy I'm looking to get healthy to reduce any of my hypothyroid symptoms and post pregnancy! I also want to be much more active with my kids and husband. I want to get back into toned and sexy shape!!!! Now I would like to learn from everyone's experience on this site and motivations from anyone would be a great help I need that support system and I promise I will return plenty of motivation and support you n... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:00:51 EST Inexpensive Rewards One of the things that Spark recommends is rewarding yourself for meeting goals, keeping up with good habit streaks, etc. I gave myself a great reward for dipping under my first weight goal, but I really don't think it's a good idea for someone in my terrible financial situation to be spending money on rewards every time I meet a goal. At the same time, I am super proud of myself when I meet my goals, and I want to celebrate! <BR> <BR> Any ideas for cheap/free non-food rewards?! Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:28:31 EST New Member Hello, My name is Carla. I am married and have three boys. I want to eat healthy, but sometimes it is cheaper not too. I joined this group in hopes to get some ideas and support from others with the same problem. Thu, 6 Jun 2013 21:07:22 EST Need to lose weight. Hello fellow weight losers, my name is Gloria and I hope to accomplish this feat this time. I had lost weight recently,but as usual I fell right back into the rut again. I hope that I can do it this time, with your help and support. <BR> Sun, 7 Apr 2013 19:10:39 EST Please help us WIN a handicap accessible van My boyfriend is a paraplegic and we are trying to win a handicap accessible van so we can let him be more active. I also have a medical condition that leaves me constantly off balance and I will need a scooter to get around to keep me active as well. <BR> <BR> We are trying to win a handicap accessible van and it is based off of votes. Would you please vote daily for us to win at: <BR> e-greer-grassy-creek-nc/ <BR> <BR> Please share this with anyb... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:56:45 EST 2013 my time hi my name is cyndi im 56 yrs old im married to my best friend i have 2 children and 2 grandchildren i like to read i have alot of medical problems and i know by losing weight and changing my life style i will live a longer and happier life and beable to spend the time with the grandchildren Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:40:35 EST New here! Hi team! My name is Gina and I am happy to find this team. I definitely need to watch my budget...I have a husband and 6 kids to feed!!! I am the biggest I have ever been (not counting pregnancies) and I am ready to get fit! I am 158 lbs and my goal is to lose 40 lbs...pretty do-able since I am only 5 ft tall. Looking forward to getting to know everyone! Later! Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:55:35 EST Hello from New York! I'm a married 30 yr. old with 59 ponds to lose! I homeschool my 6 & 9 yr. old children, my husband pastors a church & I work part time. We are on a very small budget, so I'm very glad I found this team! <em>30</em> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:41:47 EST Has anyone tried drying their own herbs? I have some parsley and cilantro in the fridge that I won't be able to use before it goes bad. While I know it isn't that expensive to just toss, I would rather not waste it if possible. Has anyone tried to salvage the leftovers like that without a dehydrator? Have your frozen it instead? Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:54:19 EST Introducing Myself New to all of this, friend told me about joining, so 3 day ago i did...Loving it so far..learning how to eat and be healthy...not getting any young just i said that was enough.... It's a New Year and a New ME....160lb..52yrs 4 dog 2 cats and a Chicken (Not to be eaten) hahahaha Sat, 12 Jan 2013 02:32:30 EST Merry Christmas Wishing everyone a Happy Holidays, we can worry about that new found bulge in the new year. <em>334</em> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 13:36:18 EST Wanted to indroduce myself My name's Nilda I've been on sparkpeople for a couple of months and just came across this sparkteam. I'm a stay at home mom so between my fiance being the only one working and having a baby I really need to budget everything I do. Looking forward to getting to know more people on sparkpeople and getting great budget ideas. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:27:47 EST Please pray for me & my family during the holidays Wanted to let everyone know that I will probably not be around much until after the new year. My mother died last night at 9:30 and have been keeping close tabs on my father since he is 84. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. I have several family members that live out of state and on both coast. So there is going to be some travel for them to get here. Plz let me know when the next challenge is so I can come back and get involved. It is probably too late to join the December... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 00:56:39 EST Sweet potato chip how-to? Does anyone have any suggestions/how-to's on how to make sweet potato chips? I tried last night and it was an utter failure. Sliced them thin, sprinkled with cinnamon and VERY little sugar. Most of them burned (oven was 400°) even though I was watching. (Ok, maybe not watching well enough. I was grilling BBQ chicken as well.) The ones that didn't weren't chip-like and more dry on the outside and gooey on the inside. <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone! Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:56:51 EST Hello from Muskogee I live in Muskogee OK and find it really strange that I live in a place that has the ability to grow lots of veggie's but doesn't . any way I am just starting on this journey and my excuse for to long is that healthy is too expensive. NO EXCUSES NO MORE.... <BR> <BR> Brandy Sat, 29 Sep 2012 19:37:54 EST Low chemical more organic food for cheaper? Hubby has been very insistent about spending the money on places like Whole foods & trader joes since I'm pregnant. Their food is DEFINTLEY higher quality, but expensive! anyone have any ideas for sticking with the high quality and low chemical stuff but lowering the price tags?? <em>267</em> Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:58:12 EST new to online support Hi I am the mother of 2 teens & that alone screams "on a budget" Hoping to learn creative & affordable ways to be healthy along with my family. <em>30</em> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:37:36 EST Affordable workout/fitness shoes? Where? How? Just wanted to check with others about my concern over crazy, rising prices of fitness shoes. <BR> <BR> Personally, I DO NOT want to be trying to pay over $100 for workout shoes. <BR> <BR> How are YOU dealing with this? Thanks in advance!!!! <BR> <BR> MsBootcamp Tue, 21 Aug 2012 18:09:34 EST Food ideas Now is the time of year where I get some stuff for free, my grandpa raises chickens so I have 3 dozen eggs in my fridge (and more at any given time) and a co-worker comes in with a big bag of tomatoes every few days. I am not very creative, what would be some different things I could do with those (not necessarily together)? <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 13 Aug 2012 17:49:59 EST Hello from Ohio Hi. I am a married 34 year old with an active 2 year old trying to lose 90 lbs and alot of student loan debt. I plan on dumping the weight first and then attack the debt with the same energy. I am looking forward to seeing how others try to lose weight while sticking to a tight budget. <BR> <BR> Melanie Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:09:40 EST Hello!! My name is Molly. I have been a member of sparkpeople for a year but have just discovered this website. I just got married last year and we are trying to work on a budget. My husband finally found a full time job that pays decently, and I an about to start a graduate program in education. I will not be able to work very much due to my demanding schedule, so money will be kind of tight. Thankfully my parents have offered to help us a little with income while I am finishing school. Meanwhile, ... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:35:33 EST Hello I'm trying to make friends and become more invested in the site so that maybe I'll have more success with my weight loss this time around. So, to that end, I'm going around to some of the different teams introducing myself. <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark for a while but I'm a bit shy when it comes to message boards so it's taken me a while to want to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name is Lorraine. I'm a 40-something who lives by the coast with her hubby and 2 kitties. I like to crochet; I'm ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:36:23 EST BBQ Time! I thought that since it is summer and the BBQs are burning we could share some budget meals for the grill. My family would love steak every night but that is definitely not in the budget! <BR> <BR> Today I BBQed chicken breast to make chicken burgers and here's how I stretched my dollar: <BR> <BR> 1 - first I deboned the breast and froze the bones to add to my stock next time I make a batch. I threw the skin out because as good as it tastes all crisp, I don't want it! I weighted the br... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:26:24 EST Live WELL Laugh OFTEN Love MUCH Hello, I was introduced to SparkPeople by a young lady co-worker about a year ago and i've dabbled in it here and there and have always found it to be very interesting and interactive. This year i've decided to commit to a healthy lifestyle and look forward to any and all encouraging information, tips & tools. Don't ever hesitate to reach out to me. I've been told I'm a very friendly face in the crowd. Wishing All great sucess in their goals, whatever they may be. Wishing You Peace & Serenity... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:18:13 EST apartment style garden? I don't have a balcony or anything, but I do have lots of indoor access to sunlight - as in a whole WALL of floor to ceiling windows. Anyone ever try gardening indoors? Let me know what you think. Sun, 1 Jul 2012 01:35:56 EST New and Healthy Challenge A quick little challenge for you. <BR> <BR> Cook something new, that you have not made before, and tell us about it by Friday. <BR> <BR> The rules are simple. <BR> <BR> 1. It should be something healthy - and I don't mean a healthy version of cake! Something that you could maybe eat on a fairly regular basis as part of a healthy diet. <BR> <BR> 2. It should not be expensive. It does not need to be dirt cheap. We aren't looking for the cheapest food out there. However, it should not be m... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 05:51:36 EST Hi! Budget? HA! I make a decent living yet I seem to live paycheck to paycheck which sucks when you are trying to eat right! I'm beginning (again) my quest to healthy living but this time I would like to do it the right way! Healthy eating, exercise and self confidence in my self is going to see me through this..I'm nervous, excited and anxious all at the same time!! My finances and weight have always been a thorn in my side but I joined this group in the hopes of finding some tips on how to man... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 23:45:22 EST Shout! Shout! Let it all Out! These are the things I can do without! <BR> <BR> Name the foods you have typically bought that sabotage your weight loss, and also bust the budget. <BR> <BR> For me, it's candy and sodas. They're getting pretty pricey. Anyone else?? Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:41:47 EST Hello B.B.B-ers! Hello everyone! I'm new to the team and to Sparkpeople in general. I look forward to chatting with many of you so we can reach our goals together! Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:32:43 EST food budget? I've been thinking that while I am working on physical health, I need to also work on fiscal health. We did a budget on spark savings, and I predicted that I spend way to much money on groceries. Does anyone know what a realistic percentage groceries should be of a budget? Sun, 10 Jun 2012 17:54:11 EST Meal Planner to help with budget? Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Carrie. I'm new to the team, and really need to try to not spend so much on groceries. I find that I'm always finding great recipes, buying ingredients for them and the next day I can't remember what the heck I bought them for or weeks go buy and it's all rotted. <BR> <BR> I have a husband and 18 month old daughter so I don't need to go crazy on groceries, but we're really trying to stay in a budget so we can pay all our other bills. I'm thinking a wee... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 15:36:58 EST 5 Money Mistakes Couples Should Avoid In today's Daily Spark: <BR> <BR> 5 Money Mistakes Couples Should Avoid <BR> <link><BR>oney_mistakes_couples_should_avoid </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think of it? <BR> <BR> It has food for thought... and action! <BR> I'll admit my husband and I have room for improvement. Wed, 6 Jun 2012 07:59:29 EST Another chicken story.... When I was a young single working mother and there was just my son and me. I always bought 2 chickens every week and on Sunday's I baked those chickens. And I made a pot of rice. After I took the meat of the chickens I took the bones and the necks and cut up veggies I boiled it and made a pot of stock. Then after it cooled I took the bones and necks out. On Sunday we had baked chicken, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables for lunch. For supper that night I made chicken salad sandwiches with ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:26:07 EST Trying a Garden Last summer I tried to have a garden but was not very successful. I have already started for this year and am hoping to do much better so I can save money on food. I already have peas, broccoli, green peppers, hot peppers, and tomatoes. What are some other veggies I could grow that if they do well I could freeze? <BR> <BR> -Jen Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:47:25 EST New Recipes ?? Anyone have any recipes that are cheap / easy to make?? And of course healthy? Sat, 21 Apr 2012 22:00:36 EST Baked bean recipes PLEASE Courtesey of my job I was blessed enough to be given a box of staple food items. I work for a nonprofit that distributes food to local food pantries if you were wondering <em>211</em> The problem is I need some recipes for baked beans. I have about 4-5 cans and I want to make something with them. Any recipes would help <em>304</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 09:17:05 EST Hi, I'm new to this team... still trying to figure out how this works (hope I can find my way back here later)! I joined the challenge to drink 8 cups of water a day. Most days that is no problem but some days I just don't want to do it! I drink a lot of diet soda. I am a stay at home/homeschooling mom, I have three kids and a husband and we live on a strict budget! I don't allow much in the way of brand loyalty around here, I buy what is on sale, I coupon shop and don't mind store brands. I hope to learn more fro... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 21:39:55 EST substitutions I love dill havarti but it is expensive so today I just sprinkled dill on good old mozzarella and it was great! Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:57:17 EST No Money... NO FOOD My question is how do you loose weight when you can't afford all the foods that are healthy for you. I never know when I get to buy groceries and there are times when I have to eat what I can find in the house. I am supposed to be eating all of these fruits and vegetables but I can't afford it. I have been excersing none stop for 3 weeks now, haven't lost a pound. I am getting really frustrated and ready to give up.. PLEASE someone give me some tips. Thu, 9 Feb 2012 19:05:52 EST So I'm considering dropping my cable... Has anyone dropped their cable? I don't think I can go without the internet though. <BR> <BR> I know I'll save money by doing this but it's so drastic! I think I'll be able to get some rabbit ears and catch the local channels still...for free, imagine that! <BR> <BR> Any advice would be helpful, thanks! Thu, 9 Feb 2012 10:39:19 EST Homemade yogurt hello everyone, <BR> i love the greek style yogurt, but do not like the price. I have been making my own yogurt for about 3 years now. I haven't figured out exactly how much i save but i know it's alot. Just google: crockpot yogurt and give it a try. be sure an use a good plain yogurt, with nothing added. the longer you strain it the thicker it gets, i don't buy sour cream any more either. good luck. let me know how it works out and how you use it. I make smoothies, use it in place of sour cr... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 15:28:22 EST New to the Team Hello, my name is Kate. I have been a member of the Spark team for awhile but just started to be serious about following the Team. I have 4 kids (3 boys - 19, 15, and 13 and 1 girl -8 yrs). I am excited to getting some advice/ideas with making meals on a budget. Thu, 2 Feb 2012 17:17:38 EST Cooking with Pulses (beans/len tils/peas) - RECIPE Dried and canned legumes are great for saving big bucks on your grocery bill, are packed full of nutrients/fiber and are a a great substitute for meat. However, many people avoid cooking with them simply because they either don't know HOW or are unfamiliar with the many ways legumes/pulses can be used. <BR> <BR> I started this thread in hopes of collecting together some of your favorite tried and true legume/pulse recipes. <BR> <BR> In addition, here are a couple of internet resources I'... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:23:14 EST Price Comparisons and Substitutions Let's compare prices! In this economy, it's often difficult to lose weight & get healthy on a budget. That being said, let's post items that we see at the grocery store that are priced much too high. And, if you were able to substitute something else for the overpriced item, what did you buy? When you post, please list what state (or country) you live in. <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay...I'll go first... <BR> I'm Robin, and I live in Connecticut <BR> <BR> Miracle Whip = $5.99 (for the large jar) <... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:08:41 EST Sale Recipe Challenge - Take an item on sale in your area, post what it is and how much it costs. <BR> - Post a recipe what you will cook with it. <BR> - Cook it and tell us how you liked it. <BR> <BR> This does not need to be in 3 different posts. You can do it in 1, 2, or 3 posts. If you like you can even buy the item, and then ask us for ideas on how to cook it. <BR> <BR> Or even spot the sale, and ask us how to cook it before you buy it! <BR> <BR> The challenge is to find new ways to cook on budget! Sun, 29 Jan 2012 07:32:11 EST Returning to spark people- been away for months. My name is Jamie. I am an industrial nurse for an electrical supplier. My job now is sitting at a desk 8-9 hours daily. Before this I was up moving around all day. So as you can imagine I have gained quite a bit of weight since starting to work here. <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 13:30:38 EST Where does the bulk of your grocery bill go? I was just reviewing today's grocery bill. Noticed that most of it goes to fresh fruits and veggies. Spent more on freggies than on meat! I guess that's a good thing but man, these freggies are getting pricey! Sat, 21 Jan 2012 06:25:15 EST Hey! Hello everyone. I was so glad to find this team...I've been a member of SP for a few years so I'm definitely not new to the site. <BR> <BR> I consider myself practical but I am always looking for a better deal and ways to save money so I look forward to being here! Fri, 20 Jan 2012 12:27:54 EST Our next challenge... ... what should it be? <BR> <BR> I am really enjoying our cardio challenge. I think I would like to continue it another week. However, I am wondering what our next challenge should be and what challenges others would be interested in doing. <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 23:54:51 EST Do you eat your freggies? They say we should have 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but that many of us don't. Do you? <BR> <BR> I think I do, but I will admit that I don't track every day. However, I believe we are a freggie family. My husband loves fruit. We eat our veggies too. Sat, 14 Jan 2012 13:12:59 EST What's for lunch I am stumped on what to eat for lunch, what do you have for lunch? Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:09:57 EST First time Posting I'm 47yrs old I've been married for 6 1/2 yrs & have gained 112lbs. I also have had 2 back surgeries I need a support group where I can keep track of what I eat & talk to people that deal with weight problems too. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:03:26 EST Bag Lunches What are your favourite things to pack in a bag lunch? <BR> <BR> I usually like to bring leftovers, but sometimes there are none. <BR> Then I have to think of something else I can bring. Preferably something simple and quick. <BR> <BR> Summertime I like tuna salad. <BR> Now I'm looking for some warm meals. Things I can heat up in the microwave. <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Jan 2012 11:04:07 EST Help me go to a Biggest Loser Resort! I entered a contest to go to a biggest loser resort for four weeks. Can you help me out and vote for me? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/160284/voteable_entries/39288179 </link> <BR> <BR> Great thing though! I've lost 12 pounds on my own since I taped this video! ^_^ I think it'd be more if I hadn't injured myself and got sick over the holidays. <BR> <BR> And here's a money saving tip: In the mornings, I've noticed I can get salad fixin's on manager sales at... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 22:17:31 EST 25 Ways to Get Fit for Less Than $25 <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=1162 </link> <BR> <BR> Which of these do you use? Are there any new ones you would like to try? <BR> Do you have anything to add? <BR> <BR> Share your ideas and tips here. <BR> <BR> One thing that's not on the list is dumbbells, but they cost only about a dollar a pound. $10 for a set of 2 5 pound weights. If you want a 1 pound weight cans work fine. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 16:53:48 EST New and different - I'll make it again! Tried any new recipes lately? <BR> <BR> I made Beets with Angel Hair Pasta this past week. It was good! I loved the sweetness of beets mixed with garlic. <BR> <BR> OK, I cheated. I didn't have Angel Hair Pasta. I used plain spaghetti. It was still good. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=73982 </link> <BR> <BR> (OK, I also left out the red pepper flakes. Personal preference.) Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:43:09 EST Team CanEverDoThis This is the thread for the team to post progress and to use to encourage one another. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:02:55 EST Team BettaLosers This is the thread for the team to post progress and to use to encourage one another. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:01:46 EST Hi! New Here! Hi, Name is Ashley and I am really ready to start my healthy journey to losing weight. I am using Sparkpeople, Blackberry Messenger, and Twitter. Would love to chat and get to know everyone. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:09:37 EST Christmas favorites Post your favorite Christmas recipes here. <BR> <BR> They don't have to be budget. We can splurge once in awhile. Besides, if you are cooking it, it's cheaper than going out. <BR> <BR> Budget recipes welcome too, of course. <BR> <BR> So let 's hear it. Stuffing, gravy, pies... <BR> <BR> It doesn't all have to be healthy, although healthy recipes are good. <em>41</em> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 02:39:21 EST Jan. 2012 Cardio Challenge #1 This challenge will be similar to the one we did last January. <BR> <BR> The challenge is to do 20 min of cardio at least 3 days a week. Post to your team thread each day you do at least 20 min. of cardio. Your team will earn 3 points if you do it 3 days. They can get up to 2 bonus points if you do it 5 days. (0ne point per extra day.) <BR> <BR> We will start January 1st and go for 3 weeks. <BR> Weeks will go from Sunday to Saturday, but you may post Saturdays workouts on Sunday and they w... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 02:28:06 EST Christmas week exercise challenge Christmas is a busy time. <BR> <BR> Are you keeping up with your cardio? <BR> How about your strength training? <BR> <BR> Post what you are doing here. <BR> <BR> Can you fit in at least 3 more exercise sessions before Christmas? Tue, 20 Dec 2011 02:00:44 EST Hi Sparkpeople! I'm a mommy on a mission.. So my name is Samantha and I am 22 years old. My son just turned two. I am still carrying around about 20lbs from him. I am so in love with this website so far! I love all of the fun tools and the community aspect of it. Hopefully i will get some good spark friends from this :) Send me a message if you are interested! Good luck to everyone on your goals! Fri, 9 Dec 2011 04:50:02 EST Plump Monkey Runs for First Time... Lost 20 pounds and have started to run. <BR> Anyone out there in the beginning like me? <BR> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 15:42:08 EST Making a grocery list for the month. I get the funds on my link card tonight at midnight and the prospect of making out a shopping list for the month is so daunting. I dont even know where to begin. That is why I joined this team. I need help. I did see the link that someone posted and I am definitely going to try it. The main thing is knowing what to keep and what to swap out for something healthier. I have switched half of my meat to either lean turkey or chicken and am buying leaner cuts of beef and po... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 11:26:51 EST Thanksgiving ABC What are you thankful for? <BR> <BR> This is a game thread, so you have to go in alphabetical order. We can always open another one up in the general area if you like. <BR> <BR> A - art <BR> <BR> It makes the world more cheery! <BR> <BR> I am thankful for artistic people and for the things they create, and for the beauty of creation. Mon, 7 Nov 2011 22:39:44 EST Things to do with ground beef (without tomatoes) My other half and I are one income family while he goes back to study. Ground beef is one of his favourites and is very cheap. But he doesn't like tomatoes as base and doesn't like mushrroms. He's fantastic at cooking and throws things together. But I need to lift my game! He's a meat and three veg, spaghetti bolognaise traditional kind of eater. <BR> <BR> He loves the homebrand satay sauce, but it's loaded with calories. Does anyone have any filling recipes for ground beef that don't includ... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 19:07:56 EST Tia Hello everybody! My name is Tia, and I am a mother to 3 little kiddies. I have a daughter that is 3 yrs old, a son who is 1 1/2 yrs old and a son who is 3 months old, and I am trying to get rid of this weight. How in the world will I ever lose this weight I have no idea. My husband is also trying to lose weight. He has gained just as much as I have with the pregnancies. I tried the counting calories diet and that got blew out of the water, and to be honest I dont know what other way to lose t... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:51:47 EST Howdy from TX Hi there. I am a happily married Christian woman living in Houston, TX. I have four children of my own, plus we have two foreign exchange students living with us - one from Ukraine and one from Korea. Needless, to say I am feeding a big family on a tight budget. I am just now learning the art of cooking. I use to weigh 318 pounds ... and have lost over a 100 ... but have more work to do. I seem to have plateaued so I need to shake things up a bit ! <BR> <BR> I am not new to SparkPeople... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 22:35:28 EST Sept. - In Season Freggie Recipe Challenge Post some of your favorite economical fall veggie recipes here. <BR> <BR> Post any economical recipe that includes one of the following ingredients: <BR> <BR> Apples, Basil, Beans, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chinese Vegetables, Corn, Cucumbers, Currants, Garlic, Kale, Lettuce, Leeks, Melons, Onions (sweet), Onions (cooking), Pears, Peppers, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radish, Raspberries, Rosemary, Sage, Salad Greens, Shallots, Spinach,... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 21:31:16 EST Hey! Hello! My name is Kim and I definitely gotta figure this weightloss stuff out on a tight budget! <BR> <BR> I'm currently not working due to a bad car accident in April, so everything is left to my fiance. I'm secretly glad my car was totaled because we would be in trouble trying to make payments on the thing right now. <BR> <BR> So I'm trying to learn the best ways to keep food bills down. Sat, 10 Sep 2011 23:53:52 EST Grocery Bill Creeping Up I know this is why we are all here. <BR> I feel like I need to get refocused. My grocery bill is creeping up. I need to get dedicated back to coupons and such! Sat, 10 Sep 2011 15:37:29 EST Hey All Would like to introduce myself to you all. I am just starting, and very confused with a few things. I am unsure how to get help, and who I can talk to. If anyone can help me with getting started, I would greatly appreciate it. I want to let someone know where I am in my diet and fitness regime as I already have one in place, and find out how I fit Spark people into that in order to make it work. I am getting rather frustrated. After my son was born 6 years ago, I lost 80+ lbs over 2-21/2 year... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 19:19:23 EST Eating our freggies... Here I will post tips from SP on eating our quota of fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Feel free to comment, question, or even post additional tips. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 Dip it. Instead of dipping your <BR> chips and veggies into creamy dressings, <BR> make a healthy dip out veggies--hummus, <BR> chunky salsa, guacamole, and roasted red pepper <BR> dips will help you meet your daily quota. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-09.pdf </link> Thu, 1 Sep 2011 02:14:42 EST September Freggie Challenge From: <link><BR>r_2007-09.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> As summer winds to an end, fall is a time for <BR> harvest. September is many things to many <BR> people, including 5-a-Day month, Fruit and <BR> Vegetable month, and even Organic Harvest <BR> month! Since most people struggle to get <BR> the recommended five to nine servings of <BR> produce each day, these 30 tips will help you <BR> add more fruits and vegetables to your <BR> diet—and enjoy every bite! <... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 02:07:12 EST Not so guilty pleasure I am one of those annoying people at the grocery store who stand there comparing prices, amounts, and calories so when I find something low calorie and low price I love to share. I have quite the sweet tooth and LOVE chocolate, because of trying to lose weight I had to give up the candy bars and other snacks I crave so much, so after standing in from of the granola/snack/fruit and grain bar section of the store I found 'cocoa pebbles treats', there are 8 in a box and I paid $2.79(there may be... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:51:11 EST CAN'T SUCCEED ON MY OWN, CAN YOU HELP? I am 58 years old and have been trying to lose weight for the last 30 of those years. With encouragement I find I can do almost anything, on my own I flounder and fail. I am a writer and have sold some of my writing in past years, most of it while in contact with other writers. I also love to read and enjoy watching old sci-fi movies. I live in a remote area and have few friends so even with my husband's company I still get lonely. We have three chlidren, all grown and on their own. ... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 23:59:15 EST 3 rd times a charm....and other myths Well...this time I have to really get down to business and quit fooling myself that I look alright. I got back from a trip and saw a picture of myself that screamed "FAT OLD LADY". I think I'm putting it on the fridge and anywhere else I would be tempted to cheat on this new diet. It was a clarion call "you are fat and unhealthy". I have joined a 3 month weight challenge with a group of 40 others, giving me an incentive, goal time, encouragement and accountability. But, we all know that dieti... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:13:49 EST I heard about from another website I subscribe to called This website gives you points for shopping on the internet, taking surveys, reading emails, and registering with affiliates. These points can be used to redeem gift cards and cash. So far I have been able to get over $200 in gift cards. There are also coupons that can be printed and redeemed for points. There can be a lot of junk email, but I think it is worth it to ultimately get something for free. <BR> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:34:02 EST Hi everyone! I'm new...sorta. Hi my name is Katie and I've been on SparkPeople for a little over a month now. I've already lost 18 pounds and I feel awesome! I signed up for this group then but haven't really got into the social aspect of the site yet. So here goes! I am 27 and live in PA with my husband and almost 2 year old daughter. I work in marketing research, though I did go to school for my Master's in International Relations and Human Rights...what a change, right?! I've been overweight pretty much my whole life. ... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 15:23:45 EST Hi Everybody Glad to have found a team like this,am on low fixed income and have not figured out how to do all this,when at store looking at the supposed healthy foods(which are very high priced) i wonder how to make it work,anyway glad to meet you Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:29:06 EST Cucumbers We have a bumper crop of cucumbers this year. <BR> <BR> I love Greek salad - tomatoes, cukes, onion, feta... <BR> <BR> I can snack on raw cucumber. I can make pickles. <BR> <BR> Any other suggestions for what I can do with them? Tue, 23 Aug 2011 04:29:55 EST This week's goals - End of August For many school is starting back, or soon will be, summer is nearly over. <BR> <BR> Do you need to get back on track after vacation? <BR> Do you want to kick things up a notch? <BR> Do you need to prepare for the kids return to school? <BR> <BR> What are your goals for this week? <BR> Post them here and then let us know how you did. Tue, 23 Aug 2011 04:20:27 EST Getting back into shape - Finally!!! Hi, <BR> Its been way too long but I'm finally making the choice to live healthy. I've got a wonderful husband and 2 amazing kids who deserve a wife/mom who is fit and healthy. I'm determined to lose 30 pounds this year and it has just started. The kids are back in school and I'm hitting the gym and eating right. Thanks for giving me a place to belong on this journey. I'm very excited! <BR> Blessings, <BR> Chanta Tue, 23 Aug 2011 01:35:00 EST Greetings from a Mom who is New to SparkPeople Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm brand new to Spark People, but not to weight loss. I first battled the bulge starting around 2001 - I had gained quite a bit of weight while I was a student in post-secondary institutions. It took me about a year to go from about 197 pounds down to 134, but I was able to maintain this loss, at least until I became pregnant with my first child who was born in December 2006. <BR> <BR> Now I'm a Mom of 2 beautiful children, one girl and one boy, who is not only str... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 11:56:08 EST Intro to me :) Hi everyone, My name is Stephanie. I'm 23 and a deputy in west Florida so I work some long crazy hours at times. It is hard for me to stay motivated because I am always so tired. But I'm tired of letting that slow me down from achieving my goals. I have been working out for YEARS and have not lost any weight. Dieting is hard because of my schedule and cravings are tough for me to ignore. I'm looking forward to setting some goals and doing what I can to stay motivated and finally lose the weig... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 09:51:38 EST Never lost an ounce.... Basically, I gave up everything pertaining to food a long time ago. I don't eat out. I avoid the grocery store. I don't eat sweets. I eat raw and living food only. I eat fruit and vegetables. I will do a protein shake with enzymes every day with stevia. I crave hot sauce, hot peppers and apple cider vinegar. I only drink warm water. I eat 3 salads a day with only living food and no cheese, no croutons, (nothing dead). I put straight Balsamic vinegar on each salad mixed with some ... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 08:56:50 EST Hello I am a overweight mother of five with a wonderful supportive husband. I am here to lose weight for health reasons and plan to start the plan Sept. 10. If you are wanting to be friends I only add females because I want to keep peace in my marriage. Sat, 20 Aug 2011 01:49:09 EST New Recipe Last night I tried a new recipe, Caribbean chicken (recipe of the day). It sounded so good I didn't really care how much it would cost, but it wasn't too bad because I already had a lot of the stuff, and what I didn't have and bought, now I have for next time or for something else. <BR> When looking for a new recipe I try to find one that involves ingredients I already have, especially chicken based because I usually have that in the freezer. <BR> <BR> And that is my tip of the day <em>30... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:42:07 EST Excited! Hello all my name is Akilyah and I am very excited to be apart of sparkpeople and I hope this is the beginning of something great for me. Looking forward to this great opportunity! Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:51:49 EST Hey Everyone! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> Well, I was a member of for awhile, it was incredibly motivating and I've been sticking to my new healthy lifestyle for the last 8 weeks, I've lost 7 lbs since starting with some ups and downs since then but sticking to it nonetheless. The friend who introduced me to that site since has decided to be down right awful and there was no way to make your profile private on that site. It was sad to go because the site was so encouraging but it was not wor... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:16:52 EST Hello All Hi Folks! I'm new to this. I'm basically new to weight loss. It has been a really long while since I have tried to lose weight and It is very expensive. I hope you all can give me some tips on how to save money. Feel free to visit my page and leave words of encouragement! Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:56:51 EST Hello from Eaton OHIO Hello my name is Vanessa from OHIO I have been married 8 years and have 2 little girls Olivia And Anastasia 5 and soon to be three. My husband and I have been through HELL and back over the past 8 years of marriage, just the past three years we have lost our jobs, I had major Surgery and hubby opened his own Garage because we both could not find work.I just found out I have HIGH Estrogen HIGH Insulin and LOW thyroid and the doctor has put me on a 1,200cal diet a day. I have cut out all pas... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 09:34:25 EST Need Some Ideas Hello All! <BR> <BR> First, I will be cross-posting this blog to lots of forums in my SparkTeams, so if any of my friends are in the same groups I am, no worries, responses to one group or another will suffice. Also, I'm sorry if seeing the same ideas/threads/posts gets old. Sometimes the “small world phenomena” isn’t so much fun. <BR> <BR> I am in need of some ideas here. I recently ended a relationship and moved from Virginia back to my hometown in Iowa. For the past year, I have been lar... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 22:22:20 EST Hi Hi, i was recommended this site to better manage my diet. I've been working out for over a 2 months or so and haven't lost any weight, but did see quite a bump in endurance. Hopefully, i can get some useful tips from this site to manage my diet and bring my weight down. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 21:40:06 EST New to the race I am just getting started and I'm a little intimidated, can anyone offer me some support? Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:24:34 EST New to this team Hello, <BR> My name is Jen and I was excited to find this team. It is good to see there are many others who have the same issues regarding both weight and finances. I am looking forward to sharing and receiving healthy and money saving tips. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:03:41 EST Hi I am very shy and need help and friendship . Hi ! I an lesa and I need to lose weight a surprise I have always worked and now because of health issues , my doctor has not released me to go back to work. When your home alone and don't have very many friends its hard to get motivated.. Now I am here and I want to get to know others that strugle with this issue . <BR> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:14:21 EST Heyyy =) Hey whats up! <BR> Im Bee, and im 23 from Sterling hts, MI <BR> I am hoping to get on here so I can get some tips for weight loss and some good ideas on getting active! Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:49:18 EST Hi! New to the site Hi there my name is Sam, I am 19 years old and I just discovered sparkpeople. I want to jumpstart my weight loss and I believe that this site can help me do just that! I would appreciate any pointers you guys may have! Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:22:00 EST Hello, I'm New Here I'm new here as of today and want to take control of my health. I have already taken a few steps such as exercise and better food choices but my goals are to lose weight, lower my cholesterol and to quit smoking!!! I'm 55 and tired of feeling tired. So here I am and am willing to take any support, advice or critizism that I need to get my goals on target and accomplished!! Thu, 11 Aug 2011 18:10:29 EST Second time's a charm! I joined spark people before and never managed to stick to it. When I joined I had about 50-60 lbs I wanted to lose. Now I have over 100 to lose and I'm feeling overwhelmed. I know I need to lose it but knowing that I have such a large goal is daunting. Anyone out there have any tips on how to stay motivated on such a long jouney. I set a goal weight of 125 (believe it or not I ued to be there) and a goal date of Sept. 21, 2012. Oh boy I would love a fast forward button lol! Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:55:22 EST Second time's a charm! I joined spark people before and never managed to stick to it. When I joined I had about 50-60 lbs I wanted to lose. Now I have over 100 to lose and I'm feeling overwhelmed. I know I need to lose it but knowing that I have such a large goal is daunting. Anyone out there have any tips on how to stay motivated on such a long jouney. I set a goal weight of 125 (believe it or not I ued to be there) and a goal date of Sept. 21, 2012. Oh boy I would love a fast forward button lol! Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:55:21 EST Howdy! Just a quick hello from a new member. I'm a 24 year old mom to a 2 year old boy. I've lost 5.4lbs since July 29th and just joined SP for some accountability & friendship. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:42:35 EST 18 and striving for a healthy me After I went to a yearly check up I was told I had gained 20lbs in a year going from 180 to 200. Mind you I am 5 foot 2. My goal is to be 140 (what I was when I started my freshman year of high school) in a year. I feel that is realistic enough and I believe I can do it. I gave up soda 2 weeks ago and I've only been drinking water or tea with lemon. Now to start exercising... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 12:15:19 EST FREE Zumba Classes and other FREE Things My latest blog entitled, Can't Afford a Gym, gives a web site for a national organization in every city in every state. You can join groups for free in your area that get together to hike, dog walk, etc, etc. My friend found a group in her area for free Zumba classes given by a woman getting her training to become a Zumba instructor. There is also groups for coupon exchanges, clothes exchange. If you can't find a group through this organization that you want, you can start a "meetup" grou... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 09:23:39 EST hello all Hi My name is Fiona and i am a 19 year old female who loves to cook, eat and occasionally go for a walk. i am hoping on this program i can combine the three of those things to make a better lifestyle for myself Tue, 9 Aug 2011 01:41:24 EST Hello Hi, I'm new to the site. I hope this site helps me to reach my goals. <BR> I have a short term goal to lose 30lbs by Nov 4th for a cruise. I have a long term goal to lose 115lbs, for a life time. Mon, 8 Aug 2011 16:51:55 EST Another possibility for savings Hi everyone, I just joined this team today and I see there has been a lot of talk about freezers, I have one and it was the best purchase we ever made, when the stores have a sale on the lean cuts of meat I buy them then and eat them during the expensive times. <BR> Another thing I have done that I thought would be really expensive but it turned out it wasn't was to go to one of those places where you pay and prepare your food right in their kitchen. I went to a local shop like this, all ... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 11:31:16 EST Getting Healthy on a Budget Hello everyone, I am glad I found this team. I am extremely over weight and it has been really hard trying to purchase organically grown and other well balanced items on a budget. I am noticing that my food purchases are not lasting as long. I am looking to reduce weight to minimize so of the health issues I am currently facing (high blood pressure, cholestoral (very high), pre-diabetes. I need all the motivation and assistance I can get and will do all I can to keep others motivated as well.... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 16:22:47 EST Elk Recipe I am having family visit from out of town this week. They are bringing an Elk Prime Rib roast. Does anyone have a recipe they would like to share. <BR> Thanks so much <BR> Tammie Sun, 7 Aug 2011 11:40:33 EST New kid on the block....... Hello all.... <BR> Just getting started. I welcome and would greatly appreciate your directives, suggestions and guidance. ;) Sun, 7 Aug 2011 10:23:52 EST Gym Debate Hi. I am debating about getting a gym membership and guess I just want to think outloud with feeback. <BR> I used to have a membership to 24 hour fitness. When I first got it, I went regularly for about 3 months. Then we moved and it was a bit farther, yada yada. I paid for about a year and cancelled it. I hate exercise and although there are many free options at home/walking around neighborhood, etc., but just have no interest. The one thing I do like is water aerobics/swimming. I also like... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 02:00:34 EST I Need help and support Hi my name is Radha Sharma and I have over 5 stone to lose, I am a married mother of a 3year old daughter, im forever trying to lose weight but due to my depression and budget and having a husband who eats a lot due to bodybuilding, i just find ive never got the motivation, i would love to make some friends on here who i can talk to get and give support to and have common interests, I love acting singing and dance and i above all love my family, i need to lose weight for my health my family a... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 14:55:09 EST i need help losing a few lbs im a grandmom 67 years of age every one calls me momma sunshine <BR> im a sweets addict i love cake cookies ice cream cannot get enough, <BR> would love to lose 20 lbs by nov if anyone can help me , it would be great <BR> im 5 ft 2 and weight 140 lbs, Fri, 5 Aug 2011 09:43:02 EST Corn Corn is in season for many of us now, and earlier this week Chef Meg posted some recipes on the dailySpark. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ore_corn_recipes_from_chef_meg </link> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite way of cooking and eating corn? Thu, 4 Aug 2011 07:31:54 EST Military spouse on a budget overseas (-; Hi, looks like I am your newest member <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Bettina and I have to feed 5 people. Huungry <BR> <BR> We are stationed right now in Germany and due to the bad exchange rate I have to do a lot of planning. Not only what to buy but also where. <BR> <BR> I get specific items my family cant live without like poptarts and brandname convinience int he commissary on post and the rest off post in german store. <BR> <BR> which is in a way the reason for a... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 13:43:17 EST Doing It For Me Hi, My name is Angela I am almost 40 years (Aug.10) I am wife and a mom I have a 11 year old son name Khamaron and I have decided to make a life style change so I can live to see all the wonderful things God has planned for my son. My weight is at 263lbs and by my birthday next year I hope to be 213 which is my target goal. If it's God's will and with some encouraging friends from this site I pray I will reach my goal. I hope to also be able to encourage others.......Let's Get This Started... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 10:28:31 EST No longer lurking... Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've lurked on this site on and off for a year or more, with the idea that this whole lifestyle change will happen with little to no effort on my part. I guess I thought everyone else's work will somehow transfer to me by osmosis??Obviously, I was wrong! I need to do a little work to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Here are my quick stats: <BR> <BR> - 37 year old working mom in Boston (work in Cambridge) <BR> - I have an almost 3 year old daughter, 17 year old stepdaughte... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 09:05:37 EST Hello Hi, <BR> I'm new to Spark; however, I have been using My Fitness Pal for over two months now and I find it very motivating and inspirational and keeps me in check. But I'm looking for something different to keep me on my toes and mix it up a little so here I am. Anyway, anyone here use both this site and My Fitness Pal? If so, give me your feedback on how they compliment (or not) each other. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 31 Jul 2011 19:53:14 EST Vegetarian an option? Does anyone have any thoughts on whether or not going vegetarian would be a cost saving measure? I don't think it would be difficult for me to go vegetarian, since I don't always have to have meat with a meal. And rather like vegetarian eating. But, finding ways to get protein may be more difficult. I'm just brainstorming to think of ways to continue to save costs. Thoughts? Sun, 31 Jul 2011 19:24:14 EST Signing up Again I am starting SparkPeople over again! I think my last attempt was unsuccessful due to my lack of getting involved in groups and message boards, so I had nothing holding me accountable. I could use some support for motivation, as I don't really get much on the homefront. I would appreciate any ideas, tips, success stories, help me in my journey. I am married and a mother of two boys. I'd like to lose 40 pounds by Christmas! Sat, 30 Jul 2011 14:44:47 EST Hello My name is Katie and I am mother of 2 girls ages 6 and 10. I have tried other diet and exercise programs and nothing has worked. I have heard good things about this program and am looking forward to seeing results. Any tips or suggestions would be welcomed! Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:29:56 EST Hi :) Hi everyone!! My name is Gemma, I am 24 years old. I work in education, have been married to my best friend since May 21, 2010, and have a Shih Tzu named Cooper. I joined Spark People because during college I gained the freshmen 15 plus an additional 45 lbs. I have been "trying" to get back to my old size but have always lacked the drive and motivation. I am now ready to make a difference and take the first step towards living a healthier life and feeling better about myself. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 00:58:23 EST Me,Myself,and I I apologize for not introducing myself earlier. There always seem to be something going on here. Anyway, I love animals and raise chihuahuas myself. I suffer from bi-polar deppresion which doesn't help matters either. I am trying to quit smoking cause I have COPD. The meds I take from that also contribute to my weight problem. I have weighed about the same for the last 4 years..I am having a hard time choosing foods because I am a picky eater. I am hoping that going back to school will help m... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 17:18:37 EST Newbee Hello everyone! I am new to Sparkpeople (today is day 1 for me). I look forward to a positive experience, reaching realistic goals and being a healthier me. <BR> <BR> Have a great afternoon!!! Jules Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:31:26 EST Hello New to this,and am extremely impressed so far! Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:33:07 EST Anyone ever bought a whole or half cow? Our friends and I would like to buy a whole cow. We are in Southern California and am not finding much help on the web. Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:32:11 EST Newbie Hi, everyone my name is Cecy, I have join SparkPeople to live a healthy life style looking forward making new friends and loosing weight (: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 04:28:46 EST Plateau Busters Are you on a plateau? Have you been on a plateau? How did you break out of it? <BR> <BR> From <link><BR>e_experts.asp?q=8 </link> <BR> <BR> "If you’ve been exercising and cutting calories for several weeks, and you’re no longer seeing the same results that you experienced in the beginning, then you’ve probably hit a plateau." <BR> <BR> Note, this is not the same thing as getting lazy, not watching what we eat, not exercising, and not gaining! This i... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 01:08:45 EST Hello Hello, All! <BR> I am excited to be here. I need all the support and advice I can get. It's been two years since I was banded and I have reached a serious plateau and am trying to get back on track. <BR> <BR> Thanks Mon, 25 Jul 2011 12:03:28 EST Hey!! Hey guys, Im Christy! Im a 34 year old stay at home mommy of 3. This is my 2nd time trying Sparks after doing very well using it in the past. I guess time and life get in the way and I fell so far off the wagon, I cant even see the dust that it turned up as it drove by! Im finding a hard time eating healthy on the budget that we have but I know there has to be hope!! My husband just finished his Masters degree and we are in the season of life where we are trying to find a new job. Its ... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 17:39:20 EST Help me squeeze out more savings! Okay, here's my basic meals list for the week; <BR> <BR> Breakfast (every morning) - Fruit, yogurt, branflakes, seeds/nuts. The fruit is whatever is cheapest in the supermarket (hitting it's sell-by date, in season, etc.) and the yogurt and branflakes are store brand. The seeds are usually sunflower seeds as these are cheapest. <BR> <BR> Lunch (3 days a week) - Cheap soups and stews (homemade) with home made bread. Most popular and "Lentil and..." soups, with the occassional beef or prawn... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 18:51:09 EST Today is a new day! Howdy from Virginia! I've just recently come off of unemployment and in a new job, so it's time to catch up! Trying to diet AND catching up on my finances...that's a lot to do, so this looked like the place for me to be. I'm ready to get back on track! Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:53:58 EST Hi. I am Dawn58703 Good morning fellow sparks. <BR> <BR> I joined three days ago. There is a lot of information on this site and it's by far one of the best. Never seen so many people trying to get healthy in one place before. First thing that came to mind was "at last, people who get me." That's huge for me because I'm introverted and this year has been a devastating year all the way around, yet here I am trying to ignore that and move forward with life in a positive way and to lose weig... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 11:09:56 EST Just getting started Hi all! I just started spark today and am hoping it will be a great tool in my weight lose goals. i lost my lifelong best friend to obesity related issues a couple of years back and decided on what would have been her 40th birthday to get myself healthy. I'm like alot of other moms, put aside myself to take care of everyone else for years. now i want to take back a little of me by losing alot of me. LOL Won't be able to check in everyday on here, but will every chance I get to read all the in... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:37:07 EST I am new to this website - looking for motivation Hi there, <BR> I am tired of being out of shape and I am really hoping to succed in my goals this time. This website has a lot of motivating tools on it, I hope that I will be chatting with you all a lot from now on. <BR> Stacey Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:35:20 EST Hello! I'm new.. Cant believe everything this website offers! Really excited to get down to it this time. The weight will be gone! Mon, 18 Jul 2011 14:06:36 EST I'm here... Beckidid here....ready to BBB!!!! Sat, 16 Jul 2011 01:31:51 EST Day 1 Hi im Dee iv just joined Spark today and am aready amazed at how well this website is put together : ) <BR> Today is Day 1 of my losing 14lb, i have set mysef a goal of december this year. So wish me luck people : ) <BR> And ots of luck for you all from me to <BR> have a nice day mwah <BR> Dee <BR> X Thu, 14 Jul 2011 04:08:53 EST There are two "me's". I want the skinny one... Seriously. I know that so many people with weight problems normally start a conversation about weight with, "I have been fat all my life", or "Fat runs in my family". Well, in mine it does not and no, I have not been fat all my life but have struggled with my weight since I was a kid. <BR> <BR> My mom always wanted me to be a "show and tell" kid, one that is adorable to look at but should not speak. I botched that up by always having an opinion to everything and not being adorable to look a... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 13:01:36 EST What did you do today that is good for you? Write something you can be proud of here. <BR> <BR> Did you eat breakfast? <BR> Exercise before going to work? <BR> Discover a new dish? <BR> Eat in instead of going out? <BR> Pack a lunch? <BR> Prepare a snack? <BR> Measure your food? <BR> Log every bite? <BR> <BR> Post an achievement here. <BR> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 08:25:26 EST Discount Groceries? I went to ALDI on recommendation from someone. I bought only a few items. The packaging of the items are gussied up to look like my favorite (expensive but popular brand names - their graphic designers sure did their research!) <BR> <BR> I was so disappointed! <BR> <BR> I grew up poor (not that I have any excess cash now), but there is a limit to how much I have to let Charles Dickensian living into my life ... <BR> <BR> I tried one product that met expectations (pouch of seasoned tuna) ... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 11:00:32 EST hi I'm from the UK.. 43...married... and this site was the first one I found on a Google search I did..... <em>334</em> <BR> ..we're on a budget.. so I'm hoping for some help hint & tips ...thanks <BR> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:29:53 EST Greetings from Houston! Hi folks! My name is Janet and I'm a newbie here at SP. I live on the NW side of Houston, TX. If anyone out there lives in the area, gimme a shout. Perhaps we can help motivate each other. <BR> <BR> Glad to be here. =) Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:22:07 EST Tired of dieting Hi, I am 58 yrs old. I have dieted most of my life. My dr says I have to weigh 125 because I have diabetes. I hate to exercise and I love to eat. I lost 20 pounds and kept it off for 1 year. Now I have to lose 15 more. I am very discouraged. I need your help. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 20:47:52 EST NEW MEMBER Hi all. i'm new and looking for help in loosing weight. I have finished working on the tools and now have a desk job and over the 4 years the weight has piled on and cannot shift it back down. I am 42 and think i eat healthy and exercise every day but nothing changes apart from some weeks the weight goes up. Sun, 10 Jul 2011 16:26:05 EST Not new to the dieting game! Hello, <BR> I am introducing myself. I am not new to the dieting game, nor am I new to sparkpeople. After losing a lot on Weight Watchers, I went through some life stressers, having health issues, marital problems, and financial changes, ending with a relocation from Maine to North Carolina. During the past 5 years I managed to put almost all the weight back on. I started spark people, but it kinda got lost in all the changes. I am the proud mom of a 10 year old competitive swimmer, and have... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 14:08:36 EST Hi, I'm new to your group! :) Think I'm going to LOVE it here!! We are on a fixed income due to my husband being disabled. He has muscular dystrophy and loses his balance often, so I get to be a stay-home wife and mommy for our 14 year old daughter. <BR> <BR> We try to figure out ways to save all the time....we shop at a store called "Aldi's" where you bag your own groceries....some stuff is cheaper there, some isn't. We are just getting into couponing more than we did before. Not to the 'extreme' point yet, but we ho... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 09:18:11 EST On a fixed income and ready to eat healthier!!! Just joined sparkpeople and am anxious to learn how to eat healthier on a fixed income. Am on disability and find it very difficult to manage the household groceries and get healthier more expensive foods. Am eager to learn new recipes on a low budget. Thanks for all of your support and ideas. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 11:28:01 EST What is your greatest summer time challenge? I note that the SP calendar theme for July is stress. That seemed a little strange to me, as I think of July as a time when people typically go on vacation. However, vacations can be stressful too! <BR> <BR> What are your biggest summer time challenges? <BR> - exercising in the heat? <BR> - cooking in the heat? <BR> - vacation? <BR> - too many parties? <BR> - moving? <BR> - kids home from school? <BR> <BR> How do you cope? <BR> <BR> You can list more than one if you like. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 07:33:57 EST hola! Hi, I'm 39, part time student, part time volunteer, and part time sign language interpreter. =) <BR> I actually want to ultimately lose 40 lbs but decided to do it in stages and set a goal loss of 20 for now. Like perhaps many of ya'll, I knw alot about nutrition but don't apply it. <BR> My main problem is when I get hungry I get emotional (esp. depressed). I HATE THAT! As soon as I eat what I'm craving, all is well. =\ The only weight loss book I've ever bought is Shrink Yourself, GREAT i... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 11:44:18 EST Bustin' that Bulge on a Budget (New Member) Hi my name is Melanie Louise Jackson (aka Grease 31), <BR> <BR> I have joined this group, cos i wud like to lose weight without spending a lot of money,(the plan hasnt worked for me so far!!!!), but i'm hoping it will work 4 me this time, if anyone cud give me sum hints/tips/advice, i wud really appreciate it (i need all the help that i can get), if anyone needs any information, they are quite welcome, to browse my sparkpage, all the information is on there, hope to hear from you soon. <em>2... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 08:05:09 EST Living an active life - 100 ways Let's see how many ways we can list to increase our activity! <BR> <BR> You may post up to 5 at one time. <BR> <BR> 1. Take the stairs. <BR> 2. Ride your bike. <BR> 3. Walk! <BR> 4. Lift light weights while you watch TV <BR> 5.Do some cardio exercise while you watch TV. <BR> Wed, 1 Jun 2011 22:13:17 EST New Nutrition Tracker What do you think of the new nutrition tracker? Mon, 23 May 2011 23:18:43 EST your grocery list? what are some items that you always get from the grocery store? im sorry if the wording is off i guess im asking for your grocery list lol im new and always try to shop healthy but never do so advice?? Mon, 16 May 2011 10:54:18 EST Have You Heard of Meat Glue? Have You Heard of Meat Glue? <BR> <BR> What do you think about it? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking twice about eating boneless meat! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_you_heard_of_meat_glue </link> Fri, 13 May 2011 07:12:35 EST Stir fries I love stir fries; they are quick and easy! <BR> <BR> Now that my daughter has convinced me to actually buy sesame oil, they are particularly delicious. <BR> <BR> I also like to buy the Asian vegetable mixes. They are more expensive than just mixing together whatever I have on hand, but they make the meal seem more special. Sometimes I will use half a bag of Asian veggies and then add other veggies I have on hand - onions, carrots, green beans. (Sometimes even some of the same things that ... Thu, 12 May 2011 06:38:11 EST Cardio Challenge (May 14 - 27) Let's challenge ourselves to either keep up or increase our cardio. <BR> <BR> Pick a level and post it here. <BR> Then, starting on Saturday, record your progress. <BR> <BR> We all need to do it! At least 30 minutes at least 3 times a week. (5 is better!) <BR> <BR> I am going to aim for a minimum of 30 min. at least 5 times a week starting next Saturday. <BR> A lot of it will be on my bicycle, but I will do indoor aerobics if it rains. Thu, 12 May 2011 06:31:56 EST What's for dinner this week? I am a day behind, but planning out my meals for this week and I need just one. Any great ideas. I am in need of some inspiration. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Mon, 2 May 2011 16:19:53 EST New to team - Wants to get finances in check!! Hello!! <BR> <BR> I have been a part of SP for a while, just getting back on the horse and I recently decided that my money is getting out of control!! I just took advantage to the Spark Budget thing and I am appalled. I make so little and spend so much. I just graduated with my BA in music education and my masters will be finished by Christmas. <BR> <BR> I have about $40,000 in loans that I'm not happy about, $800 on my credit card, and I make little money as a waitress. I just enter... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 14:11:12 EST Gardening It's getting to be that time of year again. <BR> <BR> Do you have any plans to grow a vegetable garden this year? <BR> What will you plant? When? How? Fri, 15 Apr 2011 02:35:24 EST new here Hi I'm April. I'm new here and so far I love it! I have a family to cook for so I'm looking for a lot of good ideas that taste good. Hi everyone! Sat, 9 Apr 2011 10:39:42 EST 30 Days to a Greener Lifestyle Going green is great for the environment. <BR> It is also good for the budget in many ways! <BR> <BR> Here is a link to the SP Green Calendar for April. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-04.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> How many of these do you do? <BR> Which ones save you the most money? <BR> Are there any that you don't do now, that you will try? <BR> <BR> What is missing from the list? Fri, 1 Apr 2011 01:38:51 EST Why we like spring I was thinking of naming this thread 100 reasons why we like spring. Or 101 things nice about spring or something like that, but who knows how many we will find. <BR> <BR> I sure we can find a lot! <BR> <BR> 1. Bicycle riding - Bicycle riding weather is just around the corner. (I know some people bike all winter. I do not.) Sun, 27 Mar 2011 18:54:08 EST Quick and Fast Dinners Here's a link to dinners that can be made in 20 minutes. I haven't tried any of them yet, but I plan to try some. They look good! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>k-recipes/dinner/dinner-in-20-easy-hea<BR>lthy-dinner-recipes/?page=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Now some of the ingredients aren't cheap. (A couple call for pine nuts, for example) - however I have 2 thoughts on this: <BR> <BR> 1. Buying these ingredients is still cheaper than eating out, so if I make a specia... Sat, 26 Mar 2011 08:03:27 EST Hi, I'm Annie! ... and my first question .... Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm Annie, a 28-year-old woman looking to lose 50+ lbs. Yeesh! <BR> <BR> I just joined SparkPeople today and so far I really love what it has to offer -- including this group! <BR> <BR> My first question: I'm lucky enough to not be working right now (by choice), but that means I'm living on a tight, tight budget. What do you all suggest for cheap ways of getting lots of protein? Unfortunately I'm not currently living somewhere where I have easy access to tofu and protein pow... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 22:29:14 EST thought we could all do with a smile or a laugh. <link> </link> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 16:49:53 EST Need a Sports Bra You would think this would be easy...but not when you are a 40DDD. I have found up to 38D is all.....anyone have any ideas?? I would even spend more than usual if needed, but can't find CRAP! HELP! Mon, 7 Mar 2011 15:38:42 EST Rewards ABC game What free or low cost rewards can we give ourselves for achieving our goals? <BR> <BR> Can we think of one for each letter of the alphabet? <BR> <BR> A... <BR> Sat, 5 Mar 2011 19:23:31 EST Rewards Do you use rewards? <BR> <BR> What do use for rewards? <BR> Do you use any free rewards? Thu, 3 Mar 2011 20:56:49 EST 31 Days to a Healthier Diet March is National Nutrition month. Have you seen the SP calendar? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-03.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Even if you have done it before, it's good to look at it again to see how you are doing now. <BR> <BR> I have built some good habits, but I realize that there are other things that I did at the beginning that I have let go and should pick up again. <BR> <BR> Day 1 starts right off with one of those. I have stopped recording what I ... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 22:36:15 EST Forward March! Do you plan to do anything differently in March? <BR> <BR> Time to start thinking about it... <BR> ... and talking about it. Fri, 25 Feb 2011 03:16:43 EST What is your favorite breakfast? Do you have a favorite breakfast? <BR> <BR> Oatmeal is cheap, but it's not my favorite. <BR> <BR> I prefer eggs <BR> or Cheerios (with cinnamon, milk, and a real apple) <BR> or sometimes yogurt and fruit Wed, 23 Feb 2011 19:45:12 EST Time to exercise Well, I am sitting here with my computer in my lap and I realize that time is flying by. I think I better get up and go do some exercise. <BR> <BR> But before I do, I thought I would ask... <BR> <BR> When do you find is the best time to exercise? Mon, 14 Feb 2011 06:53:01 EST Valentine's Day Ideas Do you plan to celebrate? <BR> <BR> If so, how? <BR> <BR> Do you have any recipes that you want to share? Tue, 8 Feb 2011 02:14:38 EST What are your biggest nutrition challenges? Too much salt? <BR> Not enough calcium? <BR> Not enough iron? Too much iron? <BR> <BR> Fiber? <BR> Protein? <BR> Carbs? <BR> Sugar? <BR> <BR> Calories? <BR> <BR> What are your biggest nutritional challenges? <BR> <BR> I think mine is currently calories, but I have others. When I track it, I often find I'm low in magnesium. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 20:05:05 EST Video Challenge This week pick an exercise video, do it and tell us about it. Wed, 26 Jan 2011 23:03:04 EST NEW GIRL LOOKING FOR SUGGESTIONS Hello ;) I am looking for suggestions on meals that are ont only budget friendly, but that my whole family will enjoy. We have teenagers down to a 1 year old. Suggestions for healthy eating on a budget? Also suggestions for lowering grocery bills? Ours is ovewr the top! <BR> <BR> Thanks ;) Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:43:47 EST Planning I think a key element of losing weight or getting fit while staying on budget is planning. <BR> <BR> Hey, it's an important part of any fitness plan! <BR> It's an important part of any budget plan! <BR> It's an important part of any plan! <BR> <BR> And what do they say, "If I fail to plan, I plan to fail?" <BR> <BR> Post your plans, your ideas about planning, anything you would like to see us plan together as a team, and your reward plans here. <BR> <BR> I plan to come badk and do so too... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 08:09:31 EST Cardio Team B2 This is the thread for Cardio Team B2. <BR> <BR> Starting members: <BR> <BR> CARLA0716 <BR> SLOLOSER Sun, 9 Jan 2011 23:21:38 EST Cardio Team B This is the thread for Team b to use to report their progress, motivate each other, plan, organize, or tell knock - knock jokes in! <BR> <BR> Team members at the start: <BR> <BR> HDMARTIN88 <BR> BPF8199 <BR> DIVA14K Sun, 9 Jan 2011 23:20:31 EST Of interest elsewhere on Spark! We have a thread for money saving tips and that contains many links to articles elsewhere on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> However, sometimes there are threads or articles that might be of real interest to people here, even though I wouldn't post them there. One is the thread, "Cute,cheap workout clothes??!!" <BR> <BR> Now if you really want to save money, just workout in some old loose clothes. However, if new workout clothes motivate you, check out the thread! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 19:08:04 EST Weeks 2&3 - A cardio team challenge Announcing our first team challenge. <BR> <BR> The challenge is to do 20 min of cardio at least 3 days a week. Post to your team thread each day you do at least 20 min. of cardio. Your team will earn 3 points if you do it 3 days. They can get up to 2 bonus points if you do it 5 days. <BR> <BR> We will start January 10th and go until Jan. 23rd. Points will be awarded on the two Sundays. <BR> <BR> I will be looking for two captains to help motivate their teams too. You might like to add i... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 19:24:06 EST Mixing it up... What is your cardio pleasure? In the summer I love bike riding. <BR> Last fall I tried aquafit - not my cup of tea. <BR> I enjoy walking, but not quite so much in the winter. <BR> I have enjoyed some videos, but admit I get tired of them. <BR> <BR> One key for me is variety. Especially with the walking, it helps if I can vary the route. Near my mom's it's great. The route doesn't change, but it's near the water, I like that. Plus it is hilly. Walking up the hill is a nice semi-gentle, but good workout for me. (Not like... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 06:24:15 EST 2011 - Week 1 - A simple water challenge Are you drinking enough water? <BR> <BR> We all need to stay hydrated, and extra water can be filling. <BR> This week's challenge is to count your glasses of water and record your daily totals here. <BR> <BR> If you want to count water, green tea, and soup, it is up to you. <BR> Coffee definitely does not count. It is a diuretic. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 23:43:37 EST Winter recipe Challenge! Can you find just 3 good economical and healthy winter recipes and post them? <BR> <BR> If you live in Autstralia or the Philippines or anywhere where it is not winter, then simply tell us where you live and post 3 recipes that are good, cheap, and economical in your area. <BR> <BR> You don't need to post them all at once. One in January, one in February, and one in March would be fine. Let us see how many we can collect by March 21st. <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 23:03:14 EST New Again Hi gals and guys. I'm new here (again) - I'm rejoining SP after a 3 month hiatus. The good news is during that 3 month period, I lost 5 pounds instead of gaining so the things I learned on here obviously helped me. I'm back for more!! <BR> <BR> I plan on getting organized and actually planning my menus for a week at a time. We have a wonderful year-round farmer's market here in Raleigh, NC so I'm definitely going to utilize its resources for fresh veggies all year long. I would like som... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 14:22:57 EST Saving money - ABC game What tips or advice can we give ourselves to help us save some money? <BR> <BR> Let's start with A and see if we can get through the alphabet. <BR> <BR> A - Ask yourself "Do I really need it?" <BR> <BR> OK, maybe that is too strict. Maybe I really want something I don't really need, and I can afford it. I will ask myself, "Do I really want it, or will I regret having bought it a month from now?" "Will it just end up in the corner of a closet somewhere?" "Will having it really improve my li... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 00:05:47 EST January Challenge Ideas What would you like to see as a challenge in January? <BR> <BR> Calorie challenge? <BR> Nutrition challenge? <BR> Cardio challenge? <BR> Planning challenge? <BR> ST challenge? <BR> A 3 prong challenge? <BR> Buddy challenge? <BR> Team challenge? <BR> <BR> Do you prefer short or long? <BR> One week? <BR> One month? <BR> <BR> All ideas are welcome! <BR> Mon, 27 Dec 2010 00:00:39 EST New Year's goals, hopes, plans, and resolutions Have you any special wishes, goals, or plans for 2011? <BR> <BR> Are you still figuring them out? <BR> (I know I am.) <BR> <BR> One thing I plan to do this year is to go to B.C. <BR> I am considering what my fitness goal(s) will be. <BR> <BR> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 23:56:59 EST Wonderful (inexpensive) gifts I have received! A homemade Christmas card <BR> <BR> Some home made baked goods (and not too many! just 4 one each of 4 different things!) <BR> <BR> A picture frame Thu, 23 Dec 2010 01:19:11 EST Christmas meals! Anyone have any favorite Christmas recipes or meal ideas they would like to share? <BR> <BR> Christmas dinner <BR> Breakfast <BR> Brunch <BR> <BR> Whatever works for you! <BR> <BR> We haven't decided what we are doing yet, other than it's at our house. Tue, 21 Dec 2010 08:04:32 EST It's time to change Hello all my name is Annette and I just found this site and I like what it has to offer. I am a female who has to lose the weight because I have high blood pressure. But with spark people I like the fact that I can lose the weight and save money to. for 2011 I am going to try and lose 100 lbs. Just stopping by to say Hi Thu, 16 Dec 2010 06:39:54 EST Happy Holidays - ABC Game Memories, new delights, coping strategies, Christmas wishes ... <BR> <BR> Let's start a Holiday Alphabet! <BR> <BR> A - Advent candles Wed, 1 Dec 2010 07:51:11 EST Simple Goal Challenge for December Do you find yourself very busy in December? <BR> Do you find it hard to keep motivated? <BR> <BR> Do you need some new goals? <BR> <BR> I invite you to pick a simple goal to achieve in the nest 7 days, post it here, and then do it! <BR> <BR> It can be simple like: <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a week <BR> Find your Christmas ornaments by xxx. <BR> Plan your Christmas shopping by xxx. <BR> Do a new exercise. <BR> Bring your lunch to work every day for a week. <BR> Whatever ... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 23:46:27 EST Share a Christmas (or December) memory I was going to list a bunch of other December holidays, but then figured I would probably leave something out. <BR> <BR> So do you have any holiday memories you would like to share? <BR> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 08:50:35 EST Christmas Shopping Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? <BR> <BR> I have and I haven't. (Someone got an early Christmas present.) <BR> <BR> Do you have plans for keeping that spending in check? <BR> I guess number one on my list is taking inventory from last year! <BR> <BR> Now where did I put those Christmas cards that I bought last year? Tue, 30 Nov 2010 08:45:27 EST Thanksgiving Dinner What are you having for Thanksgiving Dinner? <BR> <BR> Or what did you have? <BR> <BR> Can you remember? <BR> <BR> We had turkey - back in October! That is when we celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada. <BR> <BR> It seems we had some really good stuffing... can't remember what was in it now. Maybe it will come back to me. <BR> <BR> What about you? Any good ideas to share? Wed, 24 Nov 2010 08:29:21 EST New to the group! Hi, everyone. I'm Allie and I'm new to the group. I'm actually somewhat new to budgeting as well (at least, trying to stick to budgets) but often have a VERY difficult time choosing healthier foods over less healthy, cheaper foods when I'm stressing about money. <BR> <BR> I hope to find some tips and advice in this group, and maybe some camaraderie with fellow people who are trying to lose weight but have anxiety about their finances that leads to them making bad food choices! Mon, 22 Nov 2010 18:26:54 EST What do you like best about SP? What do you like best about SP? <BR> <BR> That's a hard question, I know. It offers so much. If it is too hard to narrow it down to one thing and you want to list 3, go ahead! <BR> <BR> However, I'd like to know what you like best about SP. <BR> <BR> For me, I think it is the e-mail system. It's great. I get great motivational reminders, and reminders to check on threads of interest. It really helps to keep me on track. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 06:53:03 EST The countdown to Black Friday Begins! I thought it would be fun if we could all post our strategies for Black Friday! Do you have any tips, ideas, websites, plans of action that you would like to share? Post them here! Mon, 1 Nov 2010 03:05:06 EST November Exercise Challenge Time for another exercise challenge <BR> <BR> What do you want to work on ST or cardio? <BR> Pick a category, state how much time you want to spend on it this coming month. <BR> <BR> I pick cardio at least 30 min. on 3 different days, but with a total of at least 2 hours a week. <BR> <BR> Post your goals here, and then come back and tell us how you did! Sun, 31 Oct 2010 21:53:17 EST November Recipe Challenge This month lets share recipes for Thanksgiving favorites and for Thanksgiving leftovers! <BR> <BR> Do you have any recipes for leftover turkey? For pumpkin? For cranberries? How about for stuffing? <BR> <BR> Share new recipes you have tried or share old favorites. I was going to say share one recipe a week, but if you want to share 4 recipes in one week, that's OK too. Sun, 31 Oct 2010 21:46:47 EST ABC Game - Serving leftovers It seems that leftovers are good in soups, stews, salads, stir frys, and smoothies. <BR> <BR> What other ways can we serve them? Can we create a alphabet that will help us serve them? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 08:14:37 EST Wanted: Healthy Pumpkin Recipes! My husband bought about 80 pounds of pumpkin. (Cost $6.00) <BR> <BR> Now, the kids have complained that I have let some pumpkin go to waste in the past, but we can only eat so much pumpkin bread! <BR> <BR> I am looking for some healthier pumpkin recipes. Does anyone have any they would like to share? <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Oct 2010 22:11:20 EST Official Spark Challenges Have you checked out the official Spark Challenges? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p </link> <BR> <BR> I have taken a peek, but I have not joined any of them yet. <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 08:02:34 EST Cooking for one Anyone read today's dailySpark entry "Healthy Eating Tips for Singles: 5 Ideas to Help Your Waistline and Your Wallet"? <BR> <BR> What did you think? Did you find any helpful new tips? Were you reminded of some good ideas that you have fallen away from? <BR> <BR> Do you have any tips of your own that you would like to share? <BR> They can either be for singles or for anyone who sometimes has to cook for one, even if it is just one day a week. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the blog item I me... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 07:58:15 EST What are you thankful for? I am thankful for a beautiful day, SP, and relatively good health and blood pressure! Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:00:10 EST Halloween is coming! What will you be giving away at your door? (If anything.) Fri, 8 Oct 2010 23:24:01 EST New Here My name is Sammy, I'm married to a wonderful man, we got married in October of 2009. He is an active duty marine, he just got back from his 3rd and last deployment. We live in Southern California on Camp Pendleton. We just had our first baby, a beautiful little boy in August. I'm looking to become more healthy and lose the baby weight i gained (and then some). Having a 2 month old doesn't leave me a lot of time to work out, so i would love to find new ways to work out with my son. I'm interes... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 19:11:14 EST link that could be helpful wasn´t certain if i have puzt it in the right section but the first half of this link is relevant for people busting the bulge on a budget. <BR> <link><BR>_things_changing_in_your_grocery_store </link> Fri, 1 Oct 2010 04:26:17 EST October Trick or Treat Challenge! <em>431</em> <em>424</em> <em>333</em> <em>275</em> <BR> Announcing the new Trick or Treat Challenge for October! <BR> <BR> Simply post a trick (physical activity - cardio or ST) that you did that day <em>415</em> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <em>277</em> List a good, low cost treat you had. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>423</em> <em>422</em> <em>420</em> <em>419</em> <BR> <BR> Lucky posters will be receiving SparkGoodies! Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:01:38 EST October: Family Health Month October is Family Health Month - or so I read over on the October motivational calendar page - <link><BR>r_2007-10.pdf </link> . Maybe it was just in 2007, I don't know. <BR> <BR> Regardless, many of us have kids or grandkids or work with kids... <BR> <BR> Let us gather tips and recipes for families with young children. We want to get kids started off in life on the right foot! Wed, 29 Sep 2010 07:43:03 EST Water challenge (Sept 27 - Oct. 2) How about a simple water challenge? <BR> <BR> How much water do you drink? <BR> How much do you think you should drink? <BR> <BR> Post a goal here and then post your progress each day. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople suggests a minimum of 8 cups of water a day. Tea, coffee, and soda do not count. <BR> <BR> According to other sources milk, juice, and soup do count. Whether or not you count them is up to you. <BR> <BR> Lately I have been drinking more coffee and less water. I have made myself a ru... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 05:36:44 EST Looking for great recipes on the go! I am starting grad school. Unfortunately, the classes are at night so I need some healthy meals, dinner items, I can bring with me for school. I will be busy and on the go. My drive will be an hour both ways plus 5 1/2 hours of class (yes the time invested will be like a full time job plus homework)any suggestions? Sat, 25 Sep 2010 12:51:06 EST Keeping active! Sept. 12 -26 Challenge Not all exercise has to be intensive cardio! <BR> <BR> "cholesterol levels are related to the amount of activity and not the intensity of exercise. The more minutes you exercise per week, the more your cholesterol levels will improve, even if accompanied by a minimal weight change." <BR> <BR> "Perform gardening, yard work, heavy house cleaning, or home-repair activities." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_articles.asp?id=413 </link> <BR> <BR> Did you do somethin... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 17:23:26 EST Post one positive thing about yourself each day This may be a bit of a challenge, but it's a good thing to do once in awhile. <BR> <BR> Post one positive thing about yourself each day Sat, 11 Sep 2010 17:12:02 EST I have a hard time staying on a budget... It is really difficult for me to afford healthy foods. I like to snack alot and it seems like healthy snacks are so expensive. <BR> <BR> Even things for regular meals cost more in healthy alternatives than "regular" versions. <BR> <BR> Any tips for me? <BR> <BR> Thank you. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 16:41:23 EST PUMPKIN CUPCAKES OR CAKE 1 Cake mix any flavor I like chocolate, 1 cup of warm water, 1 can of pumpkin. <BR> <BR> Mix cake mix with water - whisk in pumpkin until mixed thoroughly. <BR> <BR> Makes 16 cupcakes - 25 calories per cupcake. <BR> Or make cake in 13 by 9 pan spraying bottom a lot. <BR> <BR> I heat this up with light cool whip on top, or add fat free frozen yogurt. <BR> <BR> You can frost them to! <BR> <BR> Bake 375 degrees for about 29 minutes. <BR> <BR> Enjoy!! <em>475</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 14:43:34 EST Popcorn popped in a paper bag<BR>corn_recipe.php <BR> <BR> This is a site I found while researching popcorn poppers. The comments on this page is what I found interesting. The one said, "You put 1/3 cup popcorn kernels in a paper bag w/ nothing added & fold it @ the ends. Then stick it in the microwave on the popcorn settings." <BR> <BR> I'm going to try this tonight for a night snack. Wed, 8 Sep 2010 18:25:27 EST thought this could be of interest. sorry i have lost the link and can´t find it was from fitness magazine for 12 budgit healthy meals but i have now lost it sorry. Sun, 5 Sep 2010 17:55:34 EST ABC Game: Reduce, reuse, recycle, and save money Let's see how many ways we can list to save money while being kind to ourselves and our planet. <BR> <BR> Of course, we could just list all the different ways we can think of, but let's list make a game of it and try and list something for each letter of the alphabet. <BR> <BR> A - Avoid buying things you don't need just because they are on sale. <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Sep 2010 12:31:42 EST Hurray for us! We reached 135% of our fitness goal this month. <BR> <BR> 74,270 min out of a 55,000 min. goal. I'm going to increase that goal for September. To reach the same goal for 30 days would be 71,874. I think I will set our September goal to 72,000 min. <BR> <BR> Hey, we are so close to goal on the recipe goal - 96% !! <BR> 49 out of 50! <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 22:09:16 EST Seven day cardio challenge: Sept 1 - 7 Just a simple little cardio challenge to make sure we don't neglect this important area. <BR> <BR> Do at least 30 minutes of good cardio 3 days! <BR> <BR> Sign up here! <BR> <BR> Three lucky winners will win Spark Goodies! Mon, 30 Aug 2010 10:18:44 EST Budget Food Challenge: Sept 1-10 Announcing a new 10 day challenge from Sept. 1 - 10th. <BR> <BR> Post a budget meal or recipe each day! <BR> You do not actually have to prepare or eat the meal or recipe. You can simply plan to use it another day. <BR> <BR> Use a different budget food each day. <BR> <BR> For ideas of budget foods you can see our budget food game thread: <link><BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=7047x3229x3<BR>5634078 </link> <BR> <BR> Any questions? <BR> Post them h... Mon, 30 Aug 2010 09:56:54 EST What are your short term goals? Do you have any short term goals? <BR> What are they? <BR> <BR> Simple goals, more complicated goals, any goal you have in the next week, weeks, or month. (Especially if they are fitness, health, weight, or budget related) <BR> <BR> I plan to learn more about ST. I'm doing some ST, but think I should learn more about it and do more. <BR> <BR> I also plan to sign up for Aquafit. <BR> 3 steps <BR> - Get the card I need to register. <BR> - Register on Sept. 13 <BR> - Go to classes! <BR> Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:58:12 EST WOO HOO;PARTY TIME: SLY_REDUX has just arrived at one-der-land i think we should all celerbrate with her and have a virtual´s a bring a long party,the more emotions the better.woo hoo. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <em>242</em> <em>244</em> <em>250</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <em>407</em> <em>408</em> <em>274</em> <em>190</em> <em>494</em> <em>482</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> Sat, 28 Aug 2010 20:19:54 EST What are your favorite budget foods now? What are your favorite budget foods now? <BR> <BR> I'll have to say that right now it's tomatoes! <BR> We have tons of tomatoes in our garden. <BR> <BR> I also love the green beans, but we don't have nearly as many of them. Sat, 21 Aug 2010 21:35:50 EST Short ST Challenge: Aug 23-28 This is a simple little challenge to make sure we do our strength training this week. <BR> <BR> You can do it every day. You can do it just 2 days. It is up to you. The goal is to do at least 2 sets of 8 reps of 2 exercise for each of the 3 main areas on 2 different days. <BR> <BR> You can do total body workouts on 2 days with at least one rest day in between. Or you can rotate through upper body, lower body and core. <BR> <BR> Post what you did. <BR> <BR> Are you up to the challenge? ... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 21:25:56 EST Laughter - the best medicine! (And it's free!) Post your jokes here! <BR> <BR> Let's try and be careful and choose jokes that won't offend anyone! We want good feelings here. No anger. <BR> <BR> Here's one I found posted on another team - it's even budget related! <BR> <BR> `````````````````````````````` <BR> <BR> When a guy's printing on his printer began to grow faint, he called a local repair shop where a friendly man informed him that the printer probably needed only to be cleaned. <BR> <BR> Because the store charged $50 for suc... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 08:54:00 EST Mini-ST challenge: Biceps and Triceps List see how many biceps and triceps exercises we can name. <BR> You don't have to do them! Just name them. <BR> However, if you do them, so much the better! <BR> <BR> Biceps: Pushups <BR> - Wall <BR> - Incline <BR> - Modified <BR> <BR> Triceps: <BR> Tricep dips <BR> - with bent knees <BR> - with straight legs <BR> <BR> I do my tricep dips with bent knees. <BR> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 08:08:06 EST Hello to All!! Just introducing myself!! Just joined three days ago and am starting to "get with the program" so they say!!! I live in Germany with my husband who is in the Air Force. We have loved being over here and having this great experience!!! I am looking to go from 185lbs to 135lbs and i think this will be a great way for me to stay accountable!!! Have a great day!!! <BR> Mon, 16 Aug 2010 02:22:56 EST What substitutions do you do? Oatmeal instead of cold cereal? <BR> Eat in instead of take out? <BR> Mackerel instead of tuna? <BR> Lower fat milk instead of whole? <BR> <BR> What sort of cost cutting substitutions do you do? Fri, 13 Aug 2010 01:32:42 EST ABC Game: Healthy Attitudes and Actions Let's see how many positive attitudes and actions we can work on to help us build healthier bodies and lives. <BR> <BR> Starting with A and going to Z. <BR> It can either be the first word of a phrase that starts with the given letter, or the main word. <BR> <BR> For A - <BR> Be Active <BR> and <BR> Arrange your exercise equipment in one place <BR> <BR> both work. <BR> Mon, 9 Aug 2010 09:46:54 EST What do you do to cut costs? What do you do to cut costs? <BR> <BR> I'm sure we all have several different things we do to cut costs. <BR> Share them here! <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Aug 2010 14:03:20 EST What is your biggest exercise challenge? What is your biggest exercise challenge? <BR> <BR> I think mine is pairing up my ST exercises - especially not overdoing the biceps and neglecting the triceps. Fri, 6 Aug 2010 08:49:24 EST Quick Fixes Do you have any favorite recipes for when you come home and want to make something fast? <BR> <BR> I have a couple. <BR> <BR> One I make a lot in the summer is Greek Salad with Tomatoes and Cukes (and Feta cheese!) <BR> <BR> Stir fries are good too! <BR> <BR> Just cut up an onion, some ginger, and some garlic. <BR> Fry them in some sesame oil. <BR> Add other fresh veggies such as broccoli, thawed oriental veggies, mushrooms, corn, red peppers, what ever you have in hand. Even spinach or ... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 20:20:53 EST Cooking ahead Planning our meals ahead of time makes a lot of sense. We can plan our grocery lists, get good buys, make sure food doesn't go to waste, and plan sensible meals. <BR> <BR> Cooking ahead can save us time and energy! <BR> Do you do it? <BR> Does it work for you? <BR> What are some of the problems and pitfalls? <BR> How do you solve them? Tue, 3 Aug 2010 13:00:48 EST How many do you cook for? In my house there are normally 4 or 5 of us who sleep here. (This includes one college student, currently home will be at school most of the year.) <BR> <BR> So cooking for the family means cooking for 4 or 5 adults. <BR> <BR> However, sometimes its just my hubby and me. <BR> <BR> Other times I come home from work and find that everyone else has eaten, but I have no supper, so I need something quick just for one. <BR> <BR> So I have a variety of cooking needs. <BR> <BR> Who do you co... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 09:49:23 EST August 1-15 Cardio Challenge Let's step it up a gentle notch. <BR> <BR> Can you commit to at least 30 min. of cardio at least 3 days for each of the coming 2 weeks? <BR> <BR> If so, post here and make your pledge. How much cardio will you do these coming weeks? <BR> <BR> Once again 3 lucky winners will win Spark Goodies. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 08:35:19 EST What are you having for lunch today? A simple question: What are you having for lunch today? <BR> <BR> Share what you are actually having. It may give some of the rest of us some good ideas! Thu, 29 Jul 2010 07:54:40 EST ABC Game: Healthy Budget Foods Let's see if we can list a healthy budget foods for each letter of the alphabet! <BR> <BR> I think we know what healthy is. <BR> Let's say budget foods should cost less than 50 cents a serving. Sun, 25 Jul 2010 23:31:37 EST Sharing your flags What country do you live in? Share your flag here! <BR> <BR> <em>636</em> Sat, 24 Jul 2010 11:40:54 EST ABC: Strength training without special equipment OK, We have done freggies and freggie breakfasts. <BR> <BR> For a change of pace let's list strength training we can do without special equipment. Cans and towels are allowed I think we can trust that we all have those. Resistance bands and dumbells are not. <BR> Links are encouraged. <BR> <BR> A - Abduction and Adduction (Standing or lying down) <BR> <link><BR>e_demos.asp?exercise_type=lower </link> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 12:24:52 EST How many of these exercise aids do you own? From SP article "6 Essentials for Your Home Gym" <BR> <link><BR>ow.asp?show=10 </link> <BR> <BR> Resistance Bands <BR> Dumbells <BR> Stability Ball <BR> Exercise Mat <BR> Jump rope <BR> Cardio machine (stationary bike, treadmill) <BR> <BR> Interestingly enough the e-mail I received linking to the slideshow was called "6 budget-friendly essentials... " I don't consider the last one really budget-friendly, although I guess it is if you buy one instead ... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 08:05:38 EST Freggie Alphabet Well, we finished our freggie breakfasts and seem to be doing another round, but this time just freggies in general. <BR> <BR> So far we have: <BR> <BR> Avocados <BR> Broccoli <BR> Carrots <BR> <BR> Let's see if we can get to Z! Mon, 19 Jul 2010 22:06:04 EST July 19 - 24 Cardio Challenge Is the summer heat wearing you down? <BR> <BR> Can you commit to at least 30 min. of cardio at least 3 days this week? <BR> If so, post here and make your pledge. How much cardio will you do this coming week? <BR> <BR> Once again 3 lucky winners will win Spark Goodies. <BR> Sat, 17 Jul 2010 09:09:18 EST Recipe Challenge: Supper Recipes (Summer edition) This challenge will run almost 2 weeks . <BR> <BR> Our main challenge for next week is to find good recipes for summer suppers. <BR> They must be both healthy and economical. Of course they should taste good too! <BR> <BR> Spark Goodie Prizes will be offered for: <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> <BR> Recipe Submission: Until July 24th - 3 prizes given at random from all submissions (although expensive recipes don't count.) <BR> <BR> 1 Submission with good use of veggies <BR> 1 Creative Fruit Su... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 08:52:29 EST How would you define a budget meal? Regardless of your budget, I'm sure we all eat meals of varying prices. We will spend more on special occasions. We may spend less when money is tight. <BR> <BR> We may even vary our price ranges with the seasons! <BR> <BR> However, I am wondering what do you consider a good price goal for a meal? <BR> <BR> Do you have different budgets for breakfast, lunch, and supper? Mon, 12 Jul 2010 10:55:22 EST July 12 -17 ST Challenge This may be a 2 day or 6 day challenge. <BR> <BR> The challenge is to do some strength training for each major muscle group this week. You may do them all on 2 days at least 2 days apart, or you can divide them up. <BR> <BR> Plan A <BR> <BR> Monday and Thursday - Triceps and Biceps <BR> Do 2 sets of 15 pushups (wall, incline, or whatever works for you.) <BR> and 2 sets of overhead triceps extensions. <BR> <BR> Tuesday and Friday - <BR> Do 2 sets of 15 squats or lunges (or other exerc... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 23:16:29 EST ABC: Freggie Breakfast Alphabet Let's see if we can get through the alphabet with good healthy breakfast ideas. <BR> <BR> Since this is a freggie breakfast game, each breakfast must include a fruit or vegetable. <BR> <BR> A - Apple Cinnamon Cheerios <BR> Cheerios (or no name brand oat cereal) <BR> Cinnamon <BR> Milk <BR> and a cut up apple! <BR> <BR> This has actually been one of my stand by breakfasts. The apple adds extra fiber. Fri, 9 Jul 2010 22:23:26 EST SparkSavings Have you checked out <link> </link> ? <BR> <BR> Which features do you find the most helpful? Wed, 7 Jul 2010 05:29:07 EST July 5 - July 12 - The 6 Freggie Challenge What is a freggie? A fruit or vegetable. This is a simple challenge to make sure that we have at least 6 servings of fruits and/or vegetables in our diet each day. <BR> <BR> Actually, I have heard that we should have 8-10 a day, but people often claim that they can not afford fruits and vegetables because they are too expensive. Some of them are. (And I sometimes eat them anyway.) However, many vegetable are cheap and affordable. Sometimes people will buy bags of chips, candy, and other foo... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 19:58:47 EST July 5 - July 12 - Exercise Challenge (cardio) This challenge is much like last week's cardio challenge: a quick one week challenge to meet your cardio goals. <BR> <BR> Ideally we should be doing at least 30 min. at least 3 days a week. If for some reason you need to make that less, such as 10 min. a day, go ahead. <BR> <BR> If you want to aim higher, go for it. <BR> <BR> Post your goal here. It should be at least a 3x a week goal. <BR> <BR> Then post each day you make that day's part of the goal. <BR> <BR> We will continue un... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 19:52:20 EST Next week's challenge Shall we have another cardio challenge? <BR> <BR> A ST challenge? <BR> <BR> A freggie challenge? <BR> <BR> Two challenges? Sat, 3 Jul 2010 08:15:46 EST Onions - Good, Cheap, and Sweet My son made focaccia with onions on it. It was so good and sweet! <BR> <BR> What are your favorite ways to use onions? Thu, 1 Jul 2010 10:48:08 EST Any walking shoe recommendations Since we are all trying to do our walking/working out this week, I thought I would ask everyone if they had any specific type of walking shoe that they would recommend? I tried the Reebok walking shoe and it didn't work out. I currently have a pair of Nike's that aren't very supportive, especially the ball of my foot. Does anyone have one that they really like? <BR> Mon, 28 Jun 2010 19:10:52 EST June 28 - July 3rd Exercise Challenge (cardio) This is a quick one week challenge to meet your cardio goals. <BR> <BR> Ideally we should be doing at least 30 min. at least 3 days a week. If for some reason you need to make that less, such as 10 min. a day, go ahead. <BR> <BR> If you want to aim higher, go for it. <BR> <BR> Post your goal here today or tomorrow. (Until Monday, June 28th.) <BR> <BR> Then post each day you make that day's part of the goal. Give yourself an emoticon! <BR> <BR> We will continue until the end of the w... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 16:07:00 EST Share a recipe I recently tried this Sparkpeople recipe: <BR> <BR> Whole Wheat Pasta with Sesame Peanut Sauce <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=717 </link> <BR> <BR> It is not expensive to make. It is quick and easy and good! <BR> <BR> I made it last night and added some mushrooms and red peppers. I left out the cayenne pepper. <BR> <BR> What new recipes have you tried? Sat, 26 Jun 2010 01:12:02 EST Starting Again... Hello All, <BR> I am starting this journey for the um..teenth time. But I am confident with the Sparkpeople I will follow through. I have always been an active young lady but throughout the years with life's struggles and 2 beautiful children later, 40 pounds have crept on. I look forward to being healthy and sexy by my mid thirties. Let's Get It!! Thu, 24 Jun 2010 12:28:14 EST Dia Duit :) Hello all, I'm 23 years old from Belfast,Ireland, trying to get myself and my OH into some much healthier habits and hoping to gain from the wisdom of those of you on Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> At the minute my motivation is seriously flagging and my budget is certainly not helping matters ;). Loking forward to getting to know you! Sun, 13 Jun 2010 17:54:51 EST One week exercise challenge (cardio) This is a quick one week challenge to meet your cardio goals. <BR> <BR> Ideally we should be doing at least 30 min. at least 3 days a week. If for some reason you need to make that less, such as 10 min. a day, go ahead. <BR> <BR> If you want to aim higher, go for it. <BR> <BR> Post your goal here today or tomorrow. (Until Sunday, June 13th.) <BR> <BR> Then post each day you make that day's part of the goal. Give yourself an emoticon! <BR> <BR> We will continue until the end of the week -... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 04:44:19 EST Quick, easy, and frugal lunch and supper idea What are your favoritie quick, easy, and frugal lunch ideas? <BR> <BR> Inspired by this Daily Spark article: <BR> <link><BR>_to_pack_lunch_in_5_minutes_plus_healt<BR>hy_recipes </link> and one of the links it provides, I threw together a quick supper when I got home. <BR> <BR> I don't know, I suspect that food blogger over at fannetasticfood is getting paid for product placement, but still, rice is rice. I didn't use Uncle Ben's, but I made a main mea... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 03:46:47 EST Share a tip, and maybe win a goodie... What do you do to save money on your grocery budget? <BR> <BR> Share your tips here. <BR> <BR> Contest ends June 2oth. Thu, 3 Jun 2010 06:16:07 EST Cooking Ahead Do you have any tips or recipes that you would like to share for cooking on the weekend (or any other time you have some extra time) and then putting some food aside for later in the week? Sun, 16 May 2010 00:47:42 EST Hey Y'all My name is Jamie and am ready to learn how to make this journey with you all, and as cheaply as possible. <BR> <BR> <em>292</em> Tue, 11 May 2010 21:18:39 EST 5 Good Reasons to Make Your Own Baby Food To save $$$ for one. <BR> <BR> Read <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ood_reasons_to_make_your_own_baby_food </link> for 4 more. <BR> <BR> (DailySpark blog entry by Jen Mueller,) Mon, 3 May 2010 07:43:09 EST Pedal to the metal Hi, my name is Jason and thanks for visiting our blog. I have struggled with obesity almost my entire life. My father got sick with cancer when I was seven and died soon after my eighth birthday. I did not show my emotions, but ran to food as my only source of comfort. I would consume $30-$40 per week of junk food (twenty years ago that was a lot of money) from Little Debbie's to potato chips. <BR> By age fourteen I hit 285 pounds. When I was a senior in High School I was working three jobs, ... Sun, 2 May 2010 14:10:20 EST 101 ways to have fun without spending any money... From today's healthy reflection: <BR> <BR> There ain't much fun in medicine, but there's a heck of a lot of medicine in fun. <BR> <BR> - Josh Billings, 19th Century Humorist <BR> <BR> "When was the last time your doctor told you to stay home and watch "Seinfeld"? Or suggested a night out at the circus? Or told you to play fetch with a dog? It probably hasn't happened, but the day may not be far off. Laughter and fun are great ways to break down the walls of stress, preventing both mental... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 21:42:51 EST I'm probably the poorest in my neighborhood The willingness it takes to keep going until thing improve and that they will someday by george! Sat, 24 Apr 2010 06:50:50 EST 15 Easy Ways to Go Green on the Cheap <link><BR>easy_ways_to_go_green_on_the_cheap </link> <BR> <BR> This Daily Spark article has many ideas to reduce, reuse, and recycle. I've probably heard of most of them before and do a lot of them. <BR> <BR> Are there any other ideas you have you'd like to add? <BR> Any ideas there you don't do, that you think you will start doing? <BR> <BR> I probably should do more unplugging than I do. <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Apr 2010 00:16:34 EST